The Plot Against Jeremiah (Jeremiah 11:18 – 23)

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Scripture Text:

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Jeremiah 11:18 – 23

1. What were you noted for in your hometown?

2. Tom Wolfe wrote, “You can’t go home again.” Has this been true for you?

3. Jeremiah helps King Josiah close local shrines. Does this play well with his hometown of Anathoth? Why does this distress him (Jeremiah 12:2)?

4. How does he discover the plot? Why did it take him so long to realize his peril?

5. Why was the plot revealed?

6. Jesus also had a “bad homecoming” (see Matthew 13:53 – 58). Has obeying God ever alienated those closest to you? What happened?

7. Are you comfortable in seeking God’s vengeance? What would you request if you were Jeremiah?

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The Covenant Is Broken (Jeremiah 11:1 – 17)

Scripture Text:

Jeremiah 11:1 – 17

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1. Think of one promise you have kept for a long time and one promise that was broken. Why is it important to you to keep a promise? How did (or do) you feel about a broken promise?

2. Where would you live if you could choose anywhere in the world? What would you want there that would be the modern equivalent of the “milk and honey” promised to the ancient Israelites?

3. When did God and Israel make “the terms of this covenant,” especially those dealing with “cursed is the man” (verses 1 – 5; see also Deuteronomy 27:15 – 26)? What happened in the reign of Josiah to renew such interest in the covenant (see 2 Kings 22:8 – 13; 2 Kings 23:1 – 3)?

4. What did God promise to do for Israel (verses 4 – 8)? What was their land of “milk and honey” (see Exodus 3:8)?

5. What was their part of the bargain? How are the people of Judah responding to Josiah’s and Jeremiah’s call (verses 9 – 13)?

6. In verse 14, Jeremiah is forbidden to pray for Israel (see also Jeremiah 7:16). Why (see 1 John 5:16, 17)?

7. What is the point of the covenant when Israel never keeps it? What curses are coming if they don’t (see Deuteronomy 28:15 – 68)?

8. What is Judah doing to win God’s favor (verse 15; see Jeremiah 7:10, 11, 21 – 24)? Can anything change God’s mind at this point (verses 11 and 14)? Is this fair?

9. Is it ever too late with God? When might God’s patience run out for you? For your country? The world?

10. Who do you think raises the voice of reform today? Are you listening? What is being asked of you? Of the church?

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The Coming Destruction; Jeremiah’s Prayer (Jeremiah 10:17 – 25)

Scripture Text:

Jeremiah 10:17 – 25

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1. What is the most time away from school or work which you have missed because of an illness or injury? How did you make up for the lost time?

2. If you had to vacate your house before dawn, how many carloads would it take to move your belongings? Truckloads? What would you take if you could keep only what you could carry?

3. What will happen to those who stay under seige? To those who flee the city? If Jeremiah’s name means “the Lord throws”, what possible pun do you see here?

4. Who speaks in verses 19 – 22? What is the “incurable wound”? What happened to the leaders?

5. How does Jeremiah feel about himself in this time of crisis (verses 23 and 24)? For what two reasons is he angry with Judah’s enemies (verse 25)?

6. Is this prayer (also in Psalm 79:6, 7) vengeful, or is it an appeal for God’s justice? Why do you think so?

7. In what circumstances might God allow His people to endure an illness or injury that is curable or preventable?

8. Have you ever met a refugee? How would you feel if your home was destroyed and your country at war?

9. Which would you rather receive: God’s justice or anger? What determines who gets what?

10. Do you believe the fate of your country depends on whether the political leaders look to God for guidance? Why?

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